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Garbage Collection Puts Money In The Pockets Of The Poor

ISSUE 247
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Extremists Linked To The Terrorist Courts Of Mogadishu Burn Haatuf Newspaper In Buroa

IGAD Forces Must Stay Out Of The Territories Of Somaliland

Somalia's Islamic Group Imposes Harsh Rules On Media, Says Press Watchdog

UN Pulls Staff Out Of Somalia

Djibouti To Hold Summit To End Somali Violence

Range Resources Signs US$50 Million Deal With Canadian Canmex

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Garbage Collection Puts Money In The Pockets Of The Poo

U.S.-Ethiopian Security Ties Deepen

CANMEX Signs MOU To Acquire Interest In
Two Oil And Gas Prospects In Puntland, Somali

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Somalia: Washington's New Approach To The SICC

If Killing Civilians Is Terror, Then Who's The Terrorist?

Muslim Cabbies Refuse Alcohol-Toting Fares

Two Teens Charged As Adults In Killing

Monitors Needed On Ethiopia-Somalia Border - Envoy

Scholar Calls On International Community To Interfere In Somalia

Case Of Ends And Means In Conflict

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As Threat Of Regional Conflict Grows, A Critical Moment For Somalia

Ibis Triumph Raises Hopes For Rarest Bird

The Emerging Russian Giant Plays its Cards Strategically

Ex-Model Iman Hopes To Help Working Women

Islamic Courts Union Stirs Kenya

Somalia : Radical Militant Youth Group Becoming Dominant - Analyst

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Somaliland Native Doctors In The Diaspora Should Contribute To Their Community
Like Dr. Idan

Three Things That The World Can Do In Somalia To Avoid A Taliban-like Regime

Great Things That Happen In Somaliland

Here Again The Warlords Became-Islamo-Warlords!

Driven To Death By Political
Instability And Poverty

Reply To The Article Titled: ''Security Threat To Somaliland From Islamic Courts'' By Rashid Nur

Exposing The Lexicon Of The Anti-Somaliland Camp

BOOK REVIEW: LADH


NAIROBI , October 13, 2006 (IRIN) - In an effort to create employment and alleviate poverty in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, the United Nations labor agency is running a project to clean up the streets and provide an income to hundreds of poor people in the war-scarred city.

The project in Mogadishu, which employs about 2,000 people earning US $2 a day, involves rubbish collection from the city, which has had no municipal administration since the collapse of the national government in 1991. The project is funded by the European Commission and Norway's foreign ministry. A local NGO known as SAACID is involved in the project as a partner of the International Labor Organization (ILO).

"We get involved in what we consider technically simple projects. We are digging out approximately 3,000 tones of garbage a day from Mogadishu," said Joseph Connolly, the chief technical adviser of the ILO's Employment for Peace Initiative in Mogadishu, south and central Somalia.

An estimated 70 percent of the workers are poor women and about 30 percent are internally displaced people who live in squalid makeshift shelters in the city. Employment gave a sense of dignity to the poor, previously unemployed people. "It's the whole dignity of being employed and earning a wage. This is critical for peace," said Connolly.

"We see this sort of work with the districts as very much a peace process because you are doing something all together and the people are coming together also as districts during progress meetings. In several places the districts are joining together to clear garbage between their areas," said Connolly.

A similar project has been started in the south-central city of Baidoa and there were plans to initiate such employment-intensive projects in surrounding areas.

"If peace continues in Mogadishu and we are allowed to continue, then we can look at a sustainable waste-management system," Connolly added.

Source: IRIN

 


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